U.S. Senate panel postpones hearing on Veterans Affairs nominee – Reuters Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee said on Tuesday it was postponing a planned hearing to consider President Donald Trump’s nominee to be veterans affairs secretary, Ronny Jackson, in light of “new information” it had received.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee to be U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, meets with Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) at his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

“We will continue looking into these serious allegations and have requested additional information from the White House to enable the committee to conduct a full review,” the committee’s leaders said in a statement.

The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported on Tuesday that the committee, which had planned to hold a nomination hearing on Wednesday, was examining allegations Jackson oversaw a hostile work environment as the White House physician and allowed the overprescribing of drugs.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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